Lily (Lihting Li) Kostrzewa was born in Taiwan in 1965 and studied at National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei. After twenty-five years in Taiwan, she moved to United States. Her formal education includes MFA degree in Modern painting, MA degree in Computer Graphics, BFA degree in Chinese Art and Art Education teaching certificate.
Lily’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including those at the Historical Museum of Infantry, Rome, Italy; Odessa Art Museum,
Ukraine; DeVos Place of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan; The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan; UNESCO Art Gallery, Athens, Greece, Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame, Lansing, Michigan, International Art Expo New York City, Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto, Canada, Hibiscus Children’s Center, Palm Beach, FL, Old Town Art Center Chicago and Hsinchu Culture Center, Taiwan.
Lily has created paintings and design for private and public settings for many individuals, businesses and organizations, including the Pier 1 Imports headquarters, Ft. Worth, TX, Spectrum Juvenile Inc. Chicago and Hwalien Harbor State Park, Taiwan.
Lily has taught painting and workshops in colleges, public schools and community art centers, including Lake Forest College, IL, Central Michigan University, MI and Marywood University, PA.
Many of her artwork has been published including such books as the World Important artists, the Art in America Annual Guide, International Contemporary artists, Studio Visit, Art Takes Time Square, Toronto East Community Art Project as well as online at Chicago Art Magazine and Worldnews.com.
I was born in a small town of Taiwan in 1965, the youngest of five children. Both my parents moved from China to Taiwan right after WWII. My father was an accountant executive who loves creative writing. My mother was a school science teacher.
Since I was nine years old, I have dreamed about being an artist. I remember one day I saw some Cézanne paintings in one of my father’s magazines, I soon copied them with watercolor on papers. A love for art has ever since become my devotion. At the age of twelve, my parents sent me to learn traditional Chinese painting from a Chinese master and this continued for the next six years. At the age of sixteen, I began learning oil painting and did many portrait paintings for my family and friends.
After receiving my fine art degree and teaching degree from National Taiwan Normal University, I taught art in junior high school for three years also served as an art education director of the thirteen junior high schools in my school district. In 1990 I received an opportunity to come to Ohio State University to study. Eventually I went on to receive my MA degree in Computer Graphics and MFA degree in Painting from Central Michigan University. For years I have worked as a computer artist, designer and art professor in both industrial and academic settings. Currently, I am a mother of three grade school children and a full time professional artist with my own art studio.
In early 1900, few pioneer Chinese artists went to Paris to study European modern art and they brought back ground breaking changes in Chinese Art. I am hoping to bring some of my Chinese Art perspective to modern painting and marry them into a cross-cultural uniqueness.
(Growing Pain, mixed Media on paper, 52"x27", outstanding award by Curator of New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City)
(Yin and Yang, mixed media on paper, 65"x36")
(Your portfolio is an intriguing interpretation of the ...portrait in the
painting genre. I enjoy how you incorporate elements of Chinese Art into
your paintings. I especially like in the painting-Yin and Yang -
how your figure is contrasting the abstract background. I love the
color palette of the background and how your figure is monochromatic.
Your work is very strong and I look forward to seeing it progress even
Marietta Davis--Guest Curator, Artists Wanted)